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What leaders said at UN General Assembly on Day 2

United Nations: Following were the quotable quotes from the ongoing UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual debate Thursday (Day 2).

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed on global terrorism saying, "I deeply regret to say that terrorism has become globalised: 'From New York to Mosul, from Damascus to Baghdad, from the Easternmost to the Westernmost parts of the world, from Al Qaeda to Daesh'."

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UN chief seeks more support for Ebola-hit nations

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday said current efforts from the international community to curb the deadly virus Ebola are well short of the disease's rapid spread.

"We come together today in solidarity with the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as they face the largest and most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen," Xinhua quoted the UN chief as saying at a High-Level Event on Ebola during the ongoing 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

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Summons issued against Modi by a US Federal Court

North Korean parliament holds session amid speculation about leader

Seoul : North Korea's parliament was expected to convene Thursday for an extraordinary session, amid speculation over the mysterious absence of the country's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un from the limelight for several weeks.

The session of the 13th Supreme Popular Assembly of North Korea had been announced by the official agency KCNA at the beginning of the month, but state media gave no information about the start of the meeting.

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Ukraine: Pro-Russian insurgents find 40 bodies of civilians

Moscow : Pro-Russian separatists Thursday reported they had found the bodies of some 40 civilians in mass graves in the eastern region of Donetsk, according to the rusnovosti.ru website.

The "prime minister" of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said the bodies were discovered in three mass graves located in the village of Nizhniaya Krinka and its surroundings.

In addition, two graves with bodies of members of the Ukrainian military and insurgents were also uncovered, he noted, without giving numbers.

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Nine arrested in London terror raids

London : Nine people were arrested in London on suspicion of being members of an outlawed group, a media report said Thursday.

The arrests were made after police raided at least 18 properties in London and one in Stoke-on-Trent, BBC reported, adding that it was part of an ongoing probe into Islamist-related terrorism.

Those arrested included radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary, the former head of the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun in Britain or Islam4UK, that was banned in 2010.

US a vital partner in India's national development: Modi

New Delhi : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was denied a visa for the US for over a decade, said Thursday he looks forward to meeting President Barack Obama and is confident that his five-day sojourn to the US will mark the "start of a new chapter in our strategic partnership".

In a statement prior to his departure for the US, where he would address the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York and later travel to Washington for the summit with Obama, Modi said he views the US as a "vital partner for our national development".

Majority of Americans believe third political party needed: Poll

Washington : A majority of US adults, 58 percent, say a third US political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties "do such a poor job" representing the American people, a Gallup poll has found.

According to the poll released Wednesday, a majority since 2007 has typically called for a third party, Xinhua reported.

The poll comes around six weeks before the mid-term Congressional elections and at a time when most Americans hold a dim view of both parties in Congress, with only about four in 10 viewing each party positively.

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Human rights being used as tool for motivated agenda: Rajapaksa

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : Under pressure to allow an international probe, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Wednesday that "human rights are used as a tool to implement motivated agendas" and criticised what he characterised as double standards in enforcing them.

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Boko Haram leader killed in clashes, claims Nigerian military

Abuja: Nigerian forces have killed a man claiming to be the leader of Islamist Boko Haram militants, Abubakar Shekau, the country's defence authority said Wednesday.

Mohammed Bashir, who has been acting or posing in videos as the deceased Abubakar Shekau, the eccentric character known as the leader of the group, died in an encounter with Nigerian troops in Konduga area of northern Borno state, Xinhua quoted defence spokesperson Chris Olukolade as saying in a statement.

The spokesperson said several terrorists including their commanders were killed in the clashes.

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